Conlon keeps El Dorado 'buzzsaw' running smoothly
PLACENTIA – At the plate or on the mound, El Dorado's P.J. Conlon played a key role in Tuesday's CIF-SS Division 1 second-round game.
Conlon had three hits and went five innings, allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts to lead El Dorado to a 6-1 victory over visiting Huntington Beach.
The Golden Hawks (19-10) will face Corona in the quarterfinals on Friday. The home team for the game will be determined by a coin flip on Wednesday morning.
Conlon (6-1) didn't run into any trouble on the mound until the fifth inning. The Oilers (20-10) loaded the bases with one out. Conlon, who had allowed one earlier in the inning, got Lou Payetta to fly out to center and struck out Brett Urabe to leave the bases loaded.
"I lost focus a little bit," Conlon said of the fifth. "I got out of my game plan of what I was trying to do and I started to overthrow a little.
"Luckily, I was able to get out of it without too much damage."
El Dorado did its damage against Huntington Beach starter Christian Abe early.
The Golden Hawks scored a run in each of the first two innings. In the third, Seve Romo hit a two-run home run and Chris Rivera scored on an error for a 5-0 lead.
Nate Alam, who drove in the run in the second with a double, hit a solo home run in the fourth. Drew Winter also had two hits for El Dorado.
El Dorado finished with 12 hits.
"We ran into a buzzsaw," Huntington Beach coach Benji Medure said.
Ryan West and Matt Urabe had two hits for Huntington Beach.
The Oilers finished fourth in the Sunset League. They started the playoffs with a 7-0 victory over Great Oak of Temecula in the wild-card round then defeated third-seeded Long Beach Poly, 2-1, in a first-round game.